Forest Park has the 2021st largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.3% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Forest Park is part of the Chicago metro area. Unemployment in the Chicago area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Chicago has the 3rd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Forest Park is above average at $52,480, and the median cost of a home in Forest Park is $230,200, which is above the national average. 43% of workers in Forest Park hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 92% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Forest Park. 62% of Forest Park workers drive to work alone, 17% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 10% walk. People in Forest Park spend an average of 31 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.